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Toby Martinez de las Rivas

Research Project Title:

'This is my Body': Text, Surface and Time in the Lives of Poems



Prof Sinéad Morrissey and Prof Anne Whitehead

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Research Interests:

  • Religious Poetry
  • Twentieth Century UK & US Poetry
  • Peoptry & Theology
  • Poetry & Materiality
  • 'Shape' Poetry
  • Poetry & The Occult
Toby Martinez de las Rivas

Brief Outline of Research Project:

The project treats poems not as artificial – or even artful – machines, but as bodies that come into being, live and pass away, and researches these bodies as they move across surfaces and media. It imagines poems as ontologically separate from poets, editors and readers, and asks what such an approach can reveal about their lives as incarnate bodies in ‘this’ world.

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Research Groups:

  • Word & Image Research Group
  • Creative Arts Research Network


Academic Background:

  • BA (Hons) First Class History & Archaeology, Durham University